Pacific Reef Fisheries commenced operations in 1998. Over the years a successful prawn and cobia farming operation was established, producing over 1000 tonnes of premium seafood each year.
In 2017 Pacific Biotechnologies (Australia) Pty Ltd (Pacific Bio) purchased Pacific Reef Fisheries enabling growth via new investment. Pacific Bio immediately set about streamlining operations to focus on single species and enhancing sustainability credentials to further reduce environmental impact and ensure responsible farming practices.
- Grow Out
- Plans for the future
- Grow Out
- Plans for the future
Pacific Reef Fisheries operate a state-of-the-art hatchery at Guthalungra in North Queensland. This is where domestication and breeding programs operate, ensuring premium husbandry and fulfilment of seed stock requirements for annual production. This facility is critical to operations as it enables constant improvement of product and systems. The site is remotely located to ensure full biosecurity for animals and to mitigate against disease.
The 98ha grow out facility located in Ayr, North Queensland has been in operation since 1994 and produces ~1,000tpa of farmed premium black tiger prawns. Being located immediately adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, where water is drawn, is a privilege Pacific Reef Fisheries take seriously; so much so that they have developed unique and word leading water remediation technology, RegenAqua, that ensures operations are environmentally responsible and sustainable - now and into the future.
Harvest and processing are carried out in strict accordance with Australian HACCP principles insisted upon by customers. Pacific Reef Fisheries are also AQIS approved for export markets. Each year processing staff undergo formal training conducted by industry professionals. Strict attention is applied to quality control at all stages of the process, ensuring a safe and premium product for customers.
Plans for the future
Across the road from the hatchery facility Pacific Reef Fisheries have plans to construct a new 170ha aquaculture facility in North Queensland's Guthalungra. This expansion will add significant capacity to operations and is the only onshore facility to be permitted a greenfield license by the Queensland Government since 2001. This development approval was only made possible by the integration of water treatment technology, RegenAqua, that restores the farms discharge water before it re-enters surrounding waterways and ocean. To learn more about this exciting development, click on the link below in 'Our story tomorrow'.
Our story tomorrow
The Guthalungra Aquaculture Precinct is 70km South of Ayr (1 hour drive) and 50km North of Bowen (30 minute drive).
When complete, the new facility will house state-of-the-art SMART farming techniques including;
- A domestication sanctuary ensuring biosecurity to mitigate against disease;
- Automation to reduce energy consumption and increase safety;
- RegenAqua bioremediation technology that restores and recycles water and reduces oceanic requirements compared to other aquaculture facilities, ensuring no net decline in discharge water quality to protect the health of surrounding waterways and oceans.
All SMART farming techniques will align with Pacific Reef Fisheries primary goal to be a sustainable and responsible aquaculture operation that ensures minimal environmental impact.